Welcome to the Ian Heydon web site.
After two decades of scribbling jokes and other stuff for radio and television in Australia, picking up a few awards and a reasonable living along the way, Ian relocated to Vanuatu for a year when his wife, Annie, was offered a job teaching at Port Vila International School.
That year turned into three – a rewarding challenge for Annie, an adventure for the children, James and Laura, and the opportunity for Ian to write some backburner stuff that looked like it would never be written.
He also continued to write about travel and, after that time in the tropics, returned to Australia to rediscover the country through the eyes of a tourist. That journey resulted in the travel book, The Small Guide to A big Country (Explore, 2003).
In 2003 Ian set up Small Guide Travel, a licensed travel agency specialising in arranging holidays, honeymoons and weddings in the South Pacific. Nine years on and the travel agency is still going fine with a team of four staff and some 20 websites.
2011 also saw a third comedy album with Dave Prior, the third edition of Making Radio (Allen & Unwin) and here we are in 2012. Ian has undertaken a consultancywith the Rydges Hotel group, Annie is teaching Year 3 at Fairholme College, James doing second year Engineering at UNSW and Laura just back from Michigan, USA, after six months as an exchange student.
Oh, and there was that Multiple Sclerosis thing (www.MyMS.com.au) and the heart attack, so everything is falling apart pretty much as it should for a man of his habits and age! Guess that was part of the motivation to scribble the first autobiography, The Ibis Has Expletives… it is the ‘first’ autobiography because life’s journey now takes a new path – with a goal to make it even more interesting than the previous part of the ride!